Jane Fix has been a mainstay and a champion for the Arizona medical marijuana industry since day one. Her own history with medicating goes back to 1968, when her friend’s grandmother introduced her to the cannabis plant that she used to help alleviate arthritis pain. Even back then, Jane couldn’t understand why the plant wasn’t legal everywhere – the positive effects it had on her physical and mental well-being were obvious, and she’s used it almost daily since.
Jane eventually moved to Arizona, first going to college for botany in California and then earning her degree in education here at ASU. She was teaching fourth grade when our state’s medical marijuana act started gaining momentum, and Jane was faced with a choice – leave for a state that values its teachers more or use her background and passion to fight for patients’ rights to cannabis here in Arizona.
When the measure passed in 2010, Jane’s hard work was just getting started. Arizona’s governor at the time suspended dispensary licenses, leaving patients across the state with a medical card but no place to get supplies. Jane was there for them, managing a caregiver collective under constant threat of arrest. That’s just how much Jane values her patients’ wellness.
The clouds of uncertainty finally parted in 2013 and medical marijuana dispensaries opened for business. Jane became Head of Patient Services at Monarch in Scottsdale, working with patients from all backgrounds to find the exact product and method of consumption to alleviate their symptoms.
Jane is a self-described research nut. Not only does she listen to her patients’ medical history, but she asks about their lifestyle as well to gather as much information as possible. She loves sitting down with people who have a condition but don’t know where to start on their cannabis journey. She never pushes patients a certain way, but she’s mastered the art of nudging them in the right direction. Have chronic fatigue syndrome? She’ll recommend inhaling over taking edibles. Sciatica bothering you? She knows THC works better on the central nervous system than CBD. Jane’s no medical doctor (she makes this well-known), but her vast knowledge of flower and its nuances is part of the reason patients have remained loyal to her since 2011.
Now as Director of Patient Services at Sol Flower’s Dispensaries, Jane is living out her dream of reaching a broader community through her classes. The legalization of adult-use marijuana has made more people curious about cannabis, and Jane is excited to share the science behind the bud with them. She believes we’re heading toward a more accepting and open culture around cannabis, and her job is to help patients advocate for themselves beyond what a doctor tells them about their health.
Jane’s as active in the industry as ever, producing her own line of products, including a tincture that will be in the market soon. Her classes bring in guest experts on subjects from essential oils to cooking, and the majority are free at the Sun City Sol Flower location.
As Jane likes to say, if you can think it, it can be done in cannabis. Jane’s been through it all in five decades of experience, and we’re stoked she calls Sol Flower home at this booming time in our industry.